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I think I need a craftervention

(Revised.) While I have loved doing the Skillbuilder BOM, it’s always been looming over my head and I’ve felt like that’s all I’ve done all year (mystery quilt and baby quilt aside).  Plus,  I’ve been watching all these fabulous bee blocks everyone has been doing and I really want to do one so I signed up for next year’s Stash Bee.  Also, last week, my traditional guild decided that next year we will do a charm swap every month and make a block.

Cue the 3 BOM e-mails I’ve received in the past week.  I don’t know if I can resist.   First is the Sugar Cube Block 2014 by Amy Gibson .  I have to say that I  have loved seeing all the sugar cube blocks spread all over the internet this year.  Amy’s BOM for 2014 is going to be a mystery though I’m sure it will be super-cute.  I don’t think I’ve seen her do anything that wasn’t cute since I started following her.  Even her children are adorable.  Then there’s Kristy at Quiet Play.  Have you seen the paper- pieced quilt that she designed?  How cute is that?  It doesn’t even have to be a quilt – wouldn’t these be awesome potholders to hang on your kitchen wall!  Gah, the cuteness…. (Actually, I know that I’m going to definitely do Kristy’s –I have to – just look at how cute that Sew Kitschy button looks on my sidebar).  Finally, Alyssa over at Pile O’Fabric has another fab BOM planned for next year It’s a sewing theme – I don’t know about you but I have been coveting sewing themed blocks ever since the Sew Out Loud QAL 2 years ago   sew out loud quilt along.  Seriously, I know I can’t handle 5 blocks a month on top of the to-do list of quilts that I want to do but these all sound so great. Maybe I should just do Kristy’s and hope for a couple adorable potholders.

By the way, did I mention that I started a honey cowl; yep after 3 hours of knitting, I have exactly one row to show for it.  It has been relegated to the after Christmas (maybe) pile.  I’m also seriously tempted to use my blue and orange DS Quilts fabrics to participate in the APQ quilt-along that’s gearing up.  Uh yeah, about that craftervention.

Wow!  look at that progress….

Wow! look at that progress….

I did manage to catch up on 2 more blocks for the Skillbuilder BOM-only 2 more to go and I can do all the fmq that I haven’t done since the first set of blocks…

Confession by finished, I mean it's fused.  I wussed out on the piecelique and I'm just doing raw edge appliqué.

Confession -by finished, I mean it’s fused. I wussed out on the piecelique and I’m just doing raw edge appliqué.

So do you have an elf on the shelf or a variation thereof?  Our “elf” took selfies the other night while riding on the broken airplane in our office and made a slide show.  Lil Bee was thrilled to tell her friends about it.  What does your elf typically do during December?

Flying elf

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Finished x 5!

WOW.  I did it-I finished all four pillows in time for Christmas and finally got my chair seat covered.  My mom helped sew the backs on the pillows since she has a serger (and I think the fact that I was still quilting on the fronts on Saturday was stressing her out a little :).  My dad helped with the chair cover since he has a heavy duty staple gun.

Pillow for my niece -a big Bieber fan thus, the purple.

Pillow for my niece -a big Bieber fan thus, the purple.

I quilted A1’s pillow with a echo of the Chevron design with my walking foot–I used some Art Gallery oval elements, the top triangle is Art Gallery Mauvelicious, and a random batik I had in my stash.   The background is Iron Kona.  I used a variegated Gutterman thread in purple for her pillow.

This pillow is for another niece that's the same age as Lil' Bee.

This pillow is for another niece that’s the same age as Lil’ Bee.

This niece is a big Bieber fan too (sigh, I know).  Lil’ Bee was very adamant though that she is a little girl so I couldn’t put black on her pillow, it had to be pink and purple.  I got the pink with silver stars and the purple ballet fabrics from my mom’s stash so I’m not really sure what they are.  The triangle at the bottom is a Kaffe Fassett and I used Iron Kona as the background here too with the purple variegated thread here too.  I quilted it with a circle design.

This pillow uses scraps from the Quilt I made for Mr. H since nephew C's favorite color is green.

This pillow uses scraps from the Quilt I made for Mr. H since nephew C’s favorite color is green.

I really like how the pillows turned out for the boys.  This one has the Summerville fabric for the main chevron, some Cool School scribble in the bottom triangle and scraps from an unknown fat quarter with peacocks in the top triangle.  The background is a green Bella solid.  I quilted it with a variegated green Gutterman thread (I’m kind of addicted to the variegated threads) in a free form continuous box.

I really like the yellow and gray fabrics together in H's pillow.

I really like the yellow and gray fabrics together in H’s pillow.

My last nephew is 18.  His favorite color is yellow (I was pretty surprised that it wasn’t black) and I love how these fabrics look together.  I used the Iron Kona and a yellow Kona.  The bottom triangle is from the Bella line.  I just did random lines using a yellow variegated thread and some gray thread.

All in all, I’m pretty pleased with how they turned out.  Somehow my quilt math was off for the HST’s because I used 14 inch forms and my finished block turned out not quite 16 inches so I had to do some major trimming.

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I love the big flowers on this fabric.

I love the big flowers on this fabric.

The final reveal is my finished chair.  I had a hard time finding fabric for this because in my mind I want to paint my sewing space an aqua/turquoise color and I just wasn’t thrilled with any fabric that I found with those colors in it.  Everything I seemed to like would have worked better with a black chair and I had already spent so much time painting this chair 4 times.  I finally chose this fabric–it has a little more brown that I wanted in it (not that I don’t love brown, I have a lot of it in my wardrobe) but I really like the bright flowers.  I have enough of the fabric left over that I may make a big pillow to sit in the back of the chair too.

So I’m done sewing for the holidays–now on to bake some cookies so we have something to leave out for Santa.  Happy Holidays!


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The quilt that almost wasn’t

Don’t laugh…this was a difficult quilt for me.  After this statement, I’m sure that everyone is thinking I tried to do a lone star or a hexagon quilt(the hexagon quilt will be a much later post).  Now look at the picture–I know right?  Everyone is saying–“What?, it’s a nine patch–how on earth is that difficult?”

I learned a few things with this quilt.  I started this quilt in October 2010 in the middle of my first quilt project (an appliqué quilt that I have yet to finish)–it was supposed to be a quick quilt that I could have ready for Christmas.  I just finished it last month.  Did you know that you shouldn’t pre-wash charm squares?  I do now but not until I pieced all the nine square blocks and couldn’t figure out why none of my seams matched up.  You should have seen me measuring all my seams to make sure that they were 1/4 inch.  After confirming that they were, I began measuring the charm squares that I had left and found that they weren’t the same measurements and found that they weren’t 5 inches on every side–2 of the sides were less than 5 inches.  I’ll admit, it took a while before I realized that it was my fault.  i distinctly remember commenting to my mother that charm squares were not cut precisely.  (I can’t even tell you when I realized that my pre washing is what shrunk the charm squares but I know now that it was.)  So, I took all the charm squares apart and re-sized them so that they were equal on each side.  Christmas came and went and I put the project aside because it was no longer urgent.

Christmas 2011 came rolling up and I finally finished piecing the quilt and started to quilt it with a walking foot. I broke 3 needles and eventually the walking foot before I gave up on it that year.  Note to self…always have the stitch width at “0” when using a walking foot.  But, I finally purchased another walking foot when I did my son’s improv owl quilt and set about completing this quilt.

It is now finished!  the embroidered label is on it, it’s washed and I’m pleased with it (even though it’s smaller that it was supposed to be and it has little quilting tucks/bunches in it).  I didn’t give up on it and in the end, it doesn’t look too bad.  I’ll probably use it as a table topper during the holidays.

Lil Bee July 2012

Next post, my improv kindle pocket:)